Inviolate – Exploring the Pain of Love
Inviolate is the second of the Alex Broughton series written by Karen Turner. It follows much the same pattern as the first book Torn – a story of a young woman from a once wealthy family that has more status than money. Her story is one of young love and betrayal – in the first book she is betrayed by a family member and the theme of betrayal and unfulfilled expectations is even stronger in the second book.
Features and Benefits:
- Easy to read – story leads you on
- Not so easy to put down
- 2nd part of a trilogy – but easy to follow the story
If you have not read Torn, you will be able to follow the story reasonably well. One thing that is missing from the second book is the eloquent descriptions of the wealthy homes and their rooms, although there is still much attention paid to the beautiful gowns worn by several of the main characters, including Alex, at key events.
Inviolate picks up the story of Alex after her lover has abandoned her, seemingly after an affair with her younger sister, and she leaves England to marry a young Scottish laird. The author describes the changing seasons on the landscape in much detail and paints a detailed picture of what life was like in old homes in the 19th century.
Despite living in Scotland Alex holds her memories close and despite some significant issues in her marriage – once again there are parallels with today’s society – she remains in many ways an innocent. In fact this story at times evokes more observation on Alex and her at times childlike innocence despite being a married woman of 20 years.
Karen Turner has a writing style that flows and is easy to read – this is a great book to pick up at the end of the day and lose yourself in for a period of time. Or you may find it difficult to put down once you get into it.
All the characters from the first book are there, some have much lesser roles than before – you may wonder why one or two are even mentioned at all, yet there is a reason. One of the strong themes from the first book, that of “The Lady” is only loosely referred to until the end of Inviolate, causing us to wonder what lies ahead in the next installment of the story.
And yes while there are some aspects that you may have predicted based on the story line, there are still twists and turns that occur making this an entertaining read.
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